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Don Lee Hilgeman, 79

July 2, 2014

Don Lee Hilgeman, 79, of 501 65th St., Holmes Beach, Fla, and also of 320 Hines Drive, St. Marys,  died at 6:05 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence in St. Marys.

He was born on July 18, 1934, in Portland, Ind., the son of Fred and Nora Bitzinger Hilgeman.

Don married Doris Leeger Tonkin on June 29,1989, and she survives at the residence.

He is also survived by his two children, Denise Delle Donne of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Darin Hilgeman of Ormond Beach, Fla.; by three grandchildren, Devin Delle Donne, Brianna Tonkin and Kira Tonkin; by a sister, Evelyn Clear of St. Marys; and a brother, Norman Hilgeman of Coldwater, Mich.

Mr. Hilgeman was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Penny Sue Hilgeman and by his brother, Kenneth Hilgeman.

Don was a 1952 graduate of Portland High School. He had a long and very successful career developing mobile home and RV parks. He was a master at buying and selling equipment. In his spare time he liked to fish and travel the country in his RV. Don was a caring, compassionate individual who gave of his time and talents to many people, churches and philanthropic causes.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date this year in Ocala, Fla.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Hilgeman’s family via


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